Weaning Breastfed Baby
For millions of mothers, one of the joys is breastfeeding but when it comes time to start weaning a breastfed baby, some mothers find this a difficult task. For starters, the mother needs to be dedicated to the weaning process, which can be emotional but unless she is ready and willing to go through with it, the process would be more difficult for the baby. Once the decision has been made to stop breastfeeding, the next step involves knowing the steps to take so the process is not stressful.
For starters, the process of weaning a breastfed baby should occur when you are not stressed. This change can be emotional for you and your baby so if you are feeling stressed, the process would be hard. The key is to start reducing the time and frequency of feedings slowly, supplementing with bottles of formula, milk, or juice for younger babies and solid baby food for a child one year or older.
The key to being successful with weaning a breastfed baby is to take things slowly. The worst thing you could do with this transition is to rush things. A drastic change such as this would only cause undue stress for the baby but also you. Therefore, go through the process slowly, expecting it to take several months to complete. Then, by allowing time for the special physical bond to continue will keep the child calm while allowing the process to work.
We suggest you stop a feeding during the time when your baby is least interested. You could also distract your child, perhaps reading a book during the time when a feeding would occur. Be sure that only one feeding is replaced at a time when weaning a breastfed baby and before another nursing time is replaced, you should wait several days or even weeks depending on the response of the child. By taking your time and being aware of how well your child is doing will certainly make weaning easier and more successful.